Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2005
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Baranagar, Bengal, India
Dola Banerjee is an Indian sportswoman who competes in archery. She was born on the 2nd of June 1980 at Baranagar, near Kolkata, West Bengal to Ashok Banerjee and Kalpana Banerjee. Dola received her education at Baranagar Rajkumari Memorial Girls High School. She began playing the game of Archery at quite an early age, and joined the Baranagar Archery Club at the age of just 9 years. She got 13th rank in the individual event in the Beijing World Archery Championship 2001. Her good performance in the New York World Championship 2003 gave her entry into the Athens Olympic Games 2004. She was a part of the Indian team that took part in the 2004 Summer Olympics but could get only 13th rank in the women's individual event and 8th rank in the team event.
She won gold medal in the individual event of the Meteksan World Cup archery held at Dover in England in August 2007. This got her ticket into the world cup final that was held at Dubai in November 2007. She won in that game and bagged the gold medal and became world champion in archery. She also won gold medal in the Women's Team Recurve along with Deepika Kumari and L Bombayala Devi in the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi. She also won a bronze medal in the Recurve Individual event. She reached up to quarter finals in the Antalya World Cup 2006. She showed excellent performance in the Madrid World Championship 2005 where she could take her into the semi-finals. She became the first ever Indian women to get Arjuna Award from the Indian government.